Our flat’s unwelcome visitors
I lived in Ellen Place from 1947 until 1951, at the northern end on the right hand side. My parents Bill and Audrey Wade had a flat above a wood cutter’s yard, and I was told we shared our home with many other unwelcome creatures – rats and mice. My Dad told me they stored a lot of photos and personal documents in suitcases and trunks, as space was at a premium, but sadly, when they moved to Poynings Drive in 1951, they discovered the precious contents had been used by our little friends to nest in. On opening the cases they found that everything had been shredded, including many old photos and important documents.
Hard days after the war
Whilst living at Ellen Place, we had a chimney fire and the ceiling in the one bedroom I shared with my parents, apparently collapsed onto my cot – thankfully I wasn’t in it at the time. Goodness, those days must have been so hard for my Mum and Dad, though I suppose because it was just after the war, they were lucky to have a place to live. I am sure when they were eventually given a council house in Poynings Drive they must have been ecstatic.
The steps to Hove Station
My father used to commute daily to London, via Hove Station and I have on occasions, climbed the much worn steps at the end of Conway Street, taking me up towards the station. Whenever I did this it took me back in time, wondering just how many other people over the years have climbed those steps, as they made their way to Hove station. I am trying to remember who lived opposite us in the terraced houses, but the names escape me. On the southern, right hand corner, there was a bookmaker – Buddy Holland’s, with steep steps up to the entrance – does anyone remember this?
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